Tina’s review of Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
Who doesn’t love Christmas? It is my favorite holiday, and every year I find myself getting all sentimental and wanting to read a big stack of Christmas-themed stories. Yep, I admit it….I am a sappy sucker for Christmas Romances!
Starry Night by Debbie Macomber is of course a wonderful little holiday read. How could it not be? It is written by one of the Queens of romance! I can’t think of any book that I have ever read by her that I haven’t thoroughly adored. And this one is definitely no exception.
It is the story of Carrie Slayton, who works as a society page reporter. She feels that she is wasting her talent doing this and decides to turn in her resignation and move back to her hometown to be close to her family. When her boss realizes how serious she is about leaving, he gives her a chance to prove herself by giving her a practically impossible assignment – to get a story on the reclusive best-selling author Finn Dalton. If she can get this, he will give her any story she wants.
Finn Dalton is not much on people in general. He has a lot of issues that have caused him to turn away from the public eye and settle into his own little world in a remote area of Alaska. He is estranged from his mother because he feels that she abandoned him and his father. He has no use for women or love either after a bad experience has blackened his view. And what does he dislike the most? Reporters. Especially female reporters who want to pry into his personal life.
Carrie arrives in Alaska over the Thanksgiving holiday to begin researching a way to find the elusive author. She feels a surge of hope after managing to track him down at his remote cabin. He is furious at the intrusion, and even more so when the two get stranded there together due to a blizzard.
That’s where it starts to get a bit predictable. Of course Carrie finds herself falling for the guy. And of course, he starts to have feelings for her – which he will go to great lengths to deny, even to himself. And while this a story of people learning to taking a chance on each other, it is also one about making the right choices. Does Carrie pursue her dream of becoming a great reporter, or does she follow her heart instead?
As I mentioned before, I am a die-hard fan of Debbie Macomber. I love her writing style,as well as her way of creating believable, charismatic characters. I also like that her books are written in a clean, old-fashioned type style. Debbie knows we are all adults, and doesn’t feel the need to spell everything out to us when it comes to romance. We can figure it all out for ourselves, and we appreciate that.
The holidays and romance just seem to go together, just like snowy days spent on the couch with a cozy fire and a heart-warming story. It is one of the things I always look forward to when the weather starts to change. So, if this is your idea of a great day as well, grab a copy of Starry Nights and take a little holiday vacation without ever having to leave the house. I highly recommend this sweet holiday romance.
I received this book through the Librarything Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.
4 out of 5
This book is available from Ballantine Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format.
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